FBI investigating letter with white powder sent to Johnson’s church in Louisiana

The FBI is investigating a letter with white powder that was sent to the church Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) attends in northern Louisiana.

The FBI field tests on the substance have been negative so far, but additional testing will be conducted at local laboratories.

It noted that “sending a hoax letter is a serious crime.”

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, or local authorities. You can also submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. As this is an ongoing matter, no further details can be discussed at this time,” the statement read.

A spokesperson for Johnson’s office said the Speaker was made aware Monday of the “suspicious package” sent to his home church in Louisiana.

“Speaker Johnson and the Johnson family thank U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI, the Louisiana State Police, and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office for taking swift action and handling the situation professionally. As the investigation is ongoing, we will refer all further questions to law enforcement handling this matter,” the spokesperson said.

U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) declined to comment on the incident when reached for comment.

“For safety reasons, the USCP does not discuss potential investigations,” Capitol Police said.

Threats against lawmakers climbed in 2023, according to data released by Capitol Police last month. The agency said it investigated more than 8,000 threats to members of Congress last year through the mail, via phone and over social media and the wider internet.

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